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, happy to be home, we want to show you the photo of merrill newman and his wife, happy at home. he says he is truly grateful for all the support he and his family have received during this ordeal. korean war veteran merrill newman arrived at san francisco international airport to a group of media. he held hands with his wife, lee, and his son, jeff, was beside him. >> good morning, i'm delighted to be home. i want to thank the swedish embassy in korea. >> reporter: he was released with humanitarian gesture, based on his age. >> it is a great homecoming, and i'm tired, ready to be with my family now. and thank you all for the support we got. and very much appreciate it. >> reporter: newman was getting ready to leave north korea october 26th after a ten-day visit there when he was taken off the plane. the government detained him for more than a month, accusing him of being a criminal involved in the killing of civilians during the korean war. this video released on state-run television november 29th shows newman reading a handwritten apology. the political experts say it was likely writte
bastida. first, we have developing news tonight. meryl newman is on his way back to the united states. this is the 85-year-old palo alto man arriving in beijing just a few hours ago after being deported from north korea. a few days ago, north koreaen television aired an apology for newman who is a koreaen war veteran. we're told he will fly from beijing directly to san francisco. >> we will have more on that story in just a moment. first, rain is coming down all over the bay area and here is paul. >> it is heavy rain fall in many locations. it's a soaking rain fall from the south bay all the way north. you see pink and white below the banner there. that is the east bay hills south toward mount hamilton. we are picking up snow. look at all that yellow, orange for you in the santa cruz mountains. that's heavy rain fall. richmond, san ramon, concord, fair field, vacville, north all the way up to winters. also on the peninsula, burling game and hillsborrow. it is snowing heavily up and down our mountains here in california. so, we have a winter weather advisory in effect in the north ba
korea. 85-year-old merrill newman was a careeran war veteran. today we learned he served in a secret armed forces group called the white tigers. abc 7 news reporter lillian kim has those details. lillian. >> merrill newman's role in the white tiger to train anti-communist guerrillas. this photo shows him posing with some of the members in south korea decades after the korean war. newman reportedly visited south korea twice in the past ten years. in his videotaped apology released by north korean state media friday night, newman accepts responsibility for helping anti-communist guerrillas. the guerrilla unit was called a regiment named after a north korean mountain where the guerrillas sought refuge. many are now questioning why newman went to north korea given his role during the korean war. one fellow white tiger believes newman went to do a favor for his former guerrillas. >> i think some of those people indicated they may have had relatives still living in north korea, and they probably asked him would he try to find those and maybe talk to those people and let them know what the
-old merrill newman was a careeran war veteran. today we learned he served in a secret armed forces group called the white tigers. abc 7 news reporter lillian kim has those details. lillian. >> merrill newman's role in the white tiger to train anti-communist guerrillas. this photo shows him posing with some of the members in south korea decades after the korean war. newman reportedly visited south korea twice in the past ten years. in his videotaped apology released by north korean state media friday night, newman accepts responsibility for helping anti-communist guerrillas. the guerrilla unit was called a regiment named after a north korean mountain where the guerrillas sought refuge. many are now questioning why newman went to north korea given his role during the korean war. one fellow white tiger believes newman went to do a favor for his former guerrillas. >> i think some of those people indicated they may have had relatives still living in north korea, and they probably asked him would he try to find those and maybe talk to those people and let them know what the condition of their
is on assignment. >>> 85-year-old merrill newman has be detained in north korea now for more than a month. kpix 5's mark kelly is in our newsroom. we're learning that newman apparently in good health. mark. >> reporter: frank, swedish diplomats have been able to visit him giving him medication for his heart. the obama administration is now urging for newman's release citing his advanced age and health conditions. >> i can understand that in u.s. and western countries, there is misleading information and propaganda about pprk. >> reporter: north korean state media released this video over the weekend of detained american tourist 85-year-old merrill newman reading a handwritten apology. pyongyang said newman admits he is guilty of big crimes when he fought for the u.s. in the korean war killing civilians, working with anticommunist guerrillas and planning now 60 years later to try to meet up with them. the video shows newman signing the four-page statement he read on camera dated november 9 and sealing it with his thumbprint in red ink. what was to him next isn't clear. after being held since late oc
. you talked to newman's wife tonight? >> reporter: good evening. they have been living at a retirement home in paloñrñk'i a but they also own a home. they are still just trying to catch their breath after this whole ordeal.Ñi in a photo taken thisÑi afterno and sent to us by his Ñihome, hs home relaxing on the porch with his wife. the couple was still reel and too tired to talk further about the ordeal. this morningçó ñ"ewman was gree by applause telling reporters he wó3ddelights to be back on u.s. >> it's been great homecoming. i'ma-i9tired, but ready to be w my family. >> reporter: yellow ribbons are still up at the palo alto retirement home where they reside and in the former neighborhood some of the couple's friends said they were overjoyed he was released. >> what are you going to do when you get home in. >> relax. >> reporter: newman thanks the swedish embassy. he refused to answer any questions about his treatment. they were released after former president bill clinton intervened. kenneth bay, a korean american missionary is still in a north korean jail and has been the
news. merrill newman, the 85-year-old palo alto man who was detained in north korea for six weeks, is right now on a plane headed to sfo. he will land in a couple of hours. we're live at sfo where a welcome home crowd continues to grow. >> reporter: that scheduled ?riet supposed to land at 8:58. we expect family to alive closer to that time. it's sure to be a warm welcome for the korean war veteran who has been away from his wife, family and friends for more than a month now. we have video of merrill newman in china last night on his way home. the ordeal started when merrill newman visited north korea in october. just as he was about to board a flight for china, he was detained on october 26 and charged with hostile acts against the state. the associated press says merrill newman served in a it top secret military unit that trained south koreans to sneak into north korea during the war. during his time in custody in north korea, they released a video of the veteran apologizing for his actions. the north korean government does have a history of coercesing statements from detainees.
korean government is back home tonight. merrill newman arrived at sfo this morning but as don knapp reports he wouldn't comment on the time in captivity. >> reporter: a round of applause greets merrill newman walking through san francisco's international terminal. back home after being held six weeks by the north korean. >> government. >> great homecoming and i'm tired but ready to be with my family now. and -- thank you all for the support we got. and very much appreciate it. >> reporter: newman declined to talk about his experience. later, news crews waited for hours at newman's retirement home for a chance to learn more. he didn't show. newman advised south korean guerrillas during the war. on october 26th as he prepared the fly -- no fly home from north korea they entered the plane and removed him. that's week they released this video of newman reading a so- called confession apology. >> with the information of the kp a and attack the communication system and killed three innocent operators. >> reporter: the north korean video signaled an impending release according to stanford'
to thank everyone who made this possible. >> newman is making his way back to the u.s. right now and the korean war vet is expected to arrive at sfo tomorrow. jean ellie has more on his release. >> he lives here at the channing house retirement center with his wife, his friend put up this yellow ribbon and tonight it can come down. no one inside the retirement center is commenting, but they are all smiles. newman is coming home. the mayor landed safely at the airport in beijing, china. they released the 85-year-old korean war veteran after holding him for more than a month, accusing him of crimes against north korea. a relieved newman told us he is grateful to head home to the bay area. >> glad to be on my way home. >> he appeared on state television, reading an apology for wartime crimes. newman served three years in the korean war, trained guerillas were feared in the north. officials took newman off an airplane on october 26th as he was leaving the country after a-day visit. his wife expressed concerns about her husband's heart condition. >> you don't know where your husband o
. >> and i'm ann notarangelo. don? >> reporter: and mail newman is indeed in fact back in the bay area tonight. but he may not be here that the retirement complex in palo alto with his shoes off. he wanted to be that way. all day long he's been avoiding the news media. at a teem when negotiations continue to get the release of another american still detained there. a round of applause greets newman as he walks through san francisco's international terminal. back home after being held six weeks by the north korean government. >> great homecoming and i'm tired but ready to -- be with my family. you know. and -- thank you all for the support we got. and very much appreciated. >> reporter: newman declined the talk about the experience and later we waited for hours at the retirement home for a chance to learn more. he didn't show. new maundiesed south korean -- newman advised south korean guerrillas, on october 26th north korean agents entered the plane and removed him. last week they released this video of him reading a so- called confession and apology. >> but the information of the kpa a
government is glad to be back home tonight. meryl newman arrived this morning, but as don knapp reports, he won't comment on his time in captivity. a round of applause greets meryl newman as he walks through san francisco's international terminal. back home after being held six weeks by north koreaen government. >> great homecoming, and i'm tired, but here with my family now and thank you all for the support. and very much appreciated. >> newman declined to talk about his experience. news crews waited for hours at the retirement home for a chance to learn more. he didn't show. newman advised south koreaen during the 1950 to 1953 war. on october 26, as he prepared to fly home, north koreaen agents entered the plane and removed him. last week, they released this video reading a so-called confession and apology. >> information of the kpa and attack communication system and kill three innocent operators. >> north koreaen video signaled an impending release according to the research director, daniel schneider. >> it was a stupid act on their part and the good thing is they didn't keep it go
korea fore than a month... this is merrill newman heading into the bei airport... after it was announced that north korea d released him. newman is a kn n... who was on a >>> new video tonight of the palo alto man detained for more than a month. here newman is headed to the airport after he was released. more on the plans to bring him home. >>> we have new video out of castro valley tonight. a water main break is reeking havoc tonight. thousands of gallons of water gushing down the street into people's homes. firefighters set up wood panels to try to protect the house as the water spews on the lawn. one resident was forced out because her house was filled with water. fell into the sink eated by the water main break. it's not clear why the pipe failed, although freezing temperatures may have playea part. >>> an alamena fire struck needed rescuing after falling into the the sink hole. it's not clear why the pipe cleared. >>> and paul has a lot of rain right now. >> it's pouring throughout the bay area. lit up literally like a christmas tree. we have red, orange, yellow, and green. free mon
we gen in the latest developments of the 85-year-old career veteran neil newman back home now for a few hours. nick smith is live, quite a relief for his family. >> this entire ordeal has been an emotional roller coaster. finally, it's over. >> good morning. i'm delighted to be home. >> reporter: before 85-year-old merrill newman would step in front of a flood of microphones which his son lee wife lee and son jeff, i caught this which my smartphone, some of his first steps back on u.s. soil. >> i want to thank the swedish embassy in pyongyang and the american embassy in by a jenning for all their help. it's been a great homecomeing and i'm tired, but i'm here which my family now and thank you all for the support we got and very much appreciated. >> mr. newman, can you tell us about your time in prison and how they treated you. >> reporter: seemingly overwhelm, newman discussed the act about them. his detention put further strain on diplomatic relations when north korea showed video to him reading a couldn't federal governments to war crimes. it wasn't clear if it was coerced.
. and within the past 45 minutes, we heard from meryll newman's son. amber lee spoke when he will be reunited with his family. >> reporter: we heard that newman was on his way home to san francisco. less than an hour ago his son who's in los angeles had a huge smile on his face when he spoke about his father. >> we're absolutely delighted to confirm that meryll newman is on his way home after being released by the dprk. >> reporter: in palo alto at channing house they refused to speak to us on camera. but they were all smiles. >> i was very pleased. very pleased indeed. i don't know what it took to get him released but i'm very glad he's coming home. i'm sure his family is too. >> reporter: the north korean state news agency kcna reported that newman had been quote deported. and they reported that the government did it in a humanitarian standpoint because of the man's old age and condition. this is meryll newman in a video we brought you last friday. he read from a prepared statement. newman talks about what he did in north korea in his last trip. >> i asked my guide to help me look for their
struggling after natural disasters. >>> merrill newman spent his captivity in north korea not in a jail cell but in a hotel room. speaking to the santa cruz sentinel today, newman said he was kept comfortable and well fed. when questioned about his televise ad polling, newman said that's not -- televised apology, newman said that's not my english. newman said his wife is now in charge of his passport. >>> federal investigators will question witnesses and experts in washington this week to try to find it out what caused the asiana airlines crash at sfo this summer. many experiments believe human error was to blame and a report in today's chronicle shows the first bay area responders lacked training for a disaster like this. >>> after four people were killed last week in a derailment in the bronx two federal lawmakers want cameras mounted in trains pointed at the tracks and at the engineers on board. the national transportation safety board made a similar suggestion. one of the senators says the cameras will be able to detect and prevent problems. >> as we move forward from the crash, we have
cruz. meryl newman landed at sfo to a lot of fanfare. here is abc7 news reporter lisa amin gulezian with the developing store. >> meryl newman held on tight to the ones he missed most after being detained in north korea. and after traveling some 24 hours he is finally back in the bay area. >> it has been a great homecoming and i am tired and i am i am ready to be with my family. >> he and a man of few words. >> what is the first thing you will do when you make it back to your door? >> probably take my shoes off. >> after leaving sfo, the newman family came to their second home in santa cruz. it is a house they owned for decades and once inside they have been relaxing and spending time together. >> this is a photo taken this afternoon. they are not returning just yet to their primary residents in palo alto. yellow ribbons were tied as a symbol of meryl's safe return. the vice president joe biden who is in south korea had this to say about the korean war veteran's released. >> there is a good piece of news. they released someone they should never have had in the first place. >> the no
one month has been deported back to the united states. merrill newman is expected to arrive in, what, a couple of hours, mike. >> reporter: yes. i just confirmed with airport officials that he is expected to arrive around 9:00 on a united airlines flight coming from beijing. his son will be here to greet his father as he finally arrives back in states. he is 85 and from palo alto and has been held by the south korea an government since late october. before he was scheduled to leave, korean authorities detained him and held him for weeks. he is a korean war veteran and televised an apology for his part in the war. he briefly spoke to reporters on his way home at the beijing airport. >> i'm very glad to be on my way home. i appreciate the -- so i can be on my way. >> how do you feel now? >> i feel good. i feel good. >> what do you want to do first thing. >> go home and see my wife. >> reporter: now, in a statement, north korea an officials say taking into consideration his admittance of the act committed by him, an apology made by him, the above said institution deported him from the c
he's being held by the communist government. >> pam: this is video of merrill newman making a so- called apology over the weekend. the korean war vet said he was sorry for war crimes he committed. his friends and family say this apology was clearly scripted. >> pam: though it seems north korea is reveling in neman's detention, some analysts expect newman could be released soon. >>"so this is baffling. but this is a new regime of the new leader. and i suspect he's sending different signals but nobody knows what those signals are." >> pam: inside edition has released another photo of newman. >> pam: it shows him enjoying his 10-day tour of north korea before being detained. >> pam: a swedish ambassador has met with newman and said he was received medications sent by his family. >>".girly stuff" >> pam: coming up-- >> pam: 49ers players trade in their helmets for santa hats today. doing some christmas shopping today with bay area kids in need. >> pam: plus: viewers in north dakota got quite the surprise saturday night when will ferrell -- a-k-a ron burgundy -- co-anchored an entire
man back with family. >> merrill newman was detained for 42 days after his visit. we are live at the palo alto home. we can only imagine how the family is feeling tonight. >> that's right. vicki. mr.newman left the airport and waiting for him to show up and walk into his building. we do know he is with family. >> it is a great homecoming and i'm tired but ready to be with my family. >> merrill newman did not have much to say after being detained in north korea for six weeks, his wife, son and family met him at san francisco international airport where he flew in from beijing. >> i'm delighted to be home. >> visiting north korea and was on his way home october 26th when according to the facebook page dedicated to bringing him home he was escorted off the plane because of his army service in the korean war 60 years ago. >> while detained, he confessed for the crimes. many think it was forced and days after it he was freed and after touching u.s. soil he thanked his supporters. >> thank the swedish embassy and beijing. >> there were well-wishers here in his hometown, his wife has
in santa cruz. merrill newman landed at sfo yesterday to plenty of fanfare. here is lisa amin gulezian with more. [cheers and applause] >> reporter: merrill newman held on to the ones he missed most while being detained in north korea. after traveling some 24 hours, he's finally back in the bay area. >> it's been a great homecoming. i'm tired, but ready to be with my family. >> the 85-year-old was a man of few words while at san francisco international airport. >> what's the first thing you are going to do when you make it back through your door? >> i think probably take my shoes off. >> after leaving sfo the newman family came here to their second home in santa cruz. it's a house they have owned for decades. once inside they have been relaxing and spending time together. this is a photo taken of merrill and his wife leigh having lunch. they aren't returning to their primary residence in palo alto, where yellow ribbons were tied by neighbors as a symbol of merrill's safe return. vice president joe biden had this to say. >> there is a piece of good news. the dprk today released someone
merrill newman. making a so-called apology. in the video, the korean war vet said, he was sorry for war crimes he committed. his friends and family say. this apology was clearly scripted. north korea is reveling in newman's detention, some analysts expect newman could be released soon. >> "so this is baffling. but this is a new regime of the new leader. and i suspect he's sending different signals but nobody knows what those signals are." >> another photograph has been released of newman. it shows him enjoying his 10-day tour of north korea. before his detention. a swedish ambassador has met with newman and said, he was being treated well and has received the medications sent by his family. >> a re-paving project in fairfield is closing some roadways later today. starting at 9 tonight, both directions of oliver road, between hartford avenue and rockville road will be closed. also, the westbound 80 oliver road, west-texas street off ramp will be off limits. the work expected to last until 5 o clock tomorrow morning. detour signs will be posted but drivers should also expect delays in the
, the palo alto veteran held captive in north korea is on his way home right now. newman was held for more than a month and last night he was deported from north korea. here's the latest. >> reporter: merrill newman is on his way home from north korea after a month. >> i appreciate the tolerance of the dpprk government for me to be on my way. >> reporter: the 85-year-old palo alto man completed a 10-day tour of the north and agents of the communist regime pulled him off his return flight. the pyongyang government claimed he killed north koreans in the korean war 1950 to 1953. north korean state-controlled television showed him reading from an apparent confession. >> collected information of the kpa and attacked communication system and killed three innocent operators, delayed the munition supply using explosives. >> reporter: his son says he's absolutely dlooigted about the announcement. >> as you can imagine, this is a very difficult ordeal for us as a family and particularly for him. >> reporter: his detention as tensions are high in the korean peninsula although the north recently toned
an apology on camera. newman appeared relieved to be home in the u.s. >> i am tired but it is good to be here with my family now. thank you all for the support we got. it is very much appreciated. >> newman thanks swedish embassy in north korea and u.s. embassy in china to help secure his release. >>> oakland material race. one announcement shook up what is going to be a high profile race. >> a challenger to mayor jean quan, we asked libbey what she thinks she can do better. >> jean quan got competition close when libbey shaft signed up to run against her for the top job next year. >> i think oakland can do better. >> reporter: she was isn't alone. a survey found that only 5% of voters in oakland were ready to vote for juan again. >> i think it might be time for a change. >> jean quan loves oakland but i think we need something more in a mayor. >> the same chamber poll found that 70% of oakland voters said crime was their biggest concern and shaft wasted no time zeroing in on the hot spot issue. >> oaklanders deserve to have the police come when they call so that the city can be safe. >> shaf
to be in good health. the swedish ambassador visited 85-year-old merrill newman over the weekend and gave him his heart medication. newman told the ambassador he is being treated well. video was released friday of newman reading an alleged apology letter for crimes during the korean war. the obama administration is urging north korea to release new imagine and another american held there for more than a year. >>> a new clue in the death of "fast & furious" actor paul walker. >> up next, the new security video that shows the fiery crash and it may help rule out one theory on what happened. >> speed was a factor in the deadly train derailment in new york. what the engineer says was the problem. >> and the bay area woman is showing no love to southwest after she says the carrier kicked her and her service dog off a plane in oakland. ,,,,,, friend on saturday. jeff ng has the tape and why it may s in >>> new video of the fiery crash that killed actor paul walker and a friend on saturday. jeff nguyen has the tape and why it may prove the car walker was in was not drag-racing. >> reporter: new vid
>> he's spent a month in north korea as an accused war criminal. now bay area veteran merril newman is reportedly on his way home. >> and the icy weather tightens its grip on the bay area, it's freezing. and i'm very cold and now rain is coming down. kron four meteorologist is >> in san jose, freezing temperatures claim the lives of four homeless people. to lose that many in one night. it's horrible. new measures in place to protect those who have no >> bad weather also a factor in idaho, where the search for a south bay man and his family has been suspended. i'm dale, and this is my family. dale smith of san jose was at the controls of his private plane when it disappeared on sunday. tonight a look at his video tribute to his love of flying. clear! malignedand a suspected cat killer under arrest. police say this man grabbed two cats out the arms of a san francisco woman and tossed then into the bay. now he is facing animal cruelty charges, >> developing news tonight. the palo alto man who's been held in north korea for more than a month. is coming home. north korea has finally rele
that nation may have gained somethingjf from th high-profile case of merrill newman. he was detained for more than a month in north korea, accused of crimes dating back to the korean war. after being forced to publicly apologize to the north korean people, the government deported 4rhumanitarian grounds. one expert at stanford that we talked to said thate1 apology m show just how powerful the current government is to its own people. >> it was very useful for the north koreans not so much internationally to get anfá apology from merrill newman for war, but internally. they can useÑ$u$at information o demonstrate to theire1 own population that they, the regime,xi;e1 in controli]xjeÑ n from e1 tgtricans. >> while merrill newman is a free man tonight, north korea continues to hold another american citizen. that's kenneth bae. he's been sentenced to 15 years for hostile acts against the communist l]costate. >>> a san francisco church held a tribute to nelson mandela ont this sunday. glideñr memorial church celebrad the legacy and courage of the former south african president. reverend cecil w
the experience. merrill newman returned home saturday during captivity newman read an apology for aiding guerrillas during the war. today revealing north koreans wrote it and he tried to convey that while reading it by emphasizing bad grammar. newman says he ran into trouble during his trip when asking if he can meet war veterans saying quote north koreans seemed to have m misinterpreted by curiosity. it's clear north koreans feel more anger about the war than i realized. >> six major silicon valley tech companies calling on the president and congress to curve government surveillance programs. among the companies are google and linkedn, facebook, yahoo and twitter. all companies are publishing an open letter in several u.s. newspapers today, documents leaked by edward snowden revealed the government collected information from millions without knowledge. >> apple introduces new technology at ilths its retail stores so look for. that >> those stories and more, cory johnson is here with this afternoon's after the bell report. hi, cory. >> still big news is the tech leaders zoining together.
. this is merrill newman - making a so-called apology over the weekend. >> catherine: the korean war vet said he was sorry for war crimes he committed. his friends and family say the apology was clearly scripted. and some experts say pressure from the white >> catherine: inside edition has releasedit shows him enjoying his 10-day tour of north korea - before he was detained. the swedish ambassador has now been allowed to meet with him and deliver his heart medication. he says newman appeared to be in good health. >> catherine: it's world aids day - and it's also the 25th anniversary of the 'first' worlds aids day. that's why there's a huge red ribbon on the white >> catherine: president obama is marking the occasion by announcing a new project to advance hiv research -- aimed at a cure. >> catherine: the president says the world has come a long way since 1988. this is an aids treatment center in china. a new study suggests that if fighting aids >> catherine: continues -- the world will reach "the beginning of the end of aids" as soon as 20-15. several 49ers swapped their helmets for santa hats t
is back in california this morning at a family home in santa cruz. merrill newman thed at sfo yesterday to plenty of fanfare. here is lisa amin gulezian with more. [applause] >> reporter: he held on to the ones he missed most while being detained in north korea. after traveling some 24 hours, he's finally back in the bay area. >> it's been a great homecoming. i'm tired, but ready to be with my family. >> the 85-year-old was a man of few words while at san francisco enter in the airport. >> what's the first thing you are going to do when you make it back through your door? >> i think probably take my shoes off. >> after leaving sfo the newman family came here to their second home in santa cruz. it's a house they have owned for decades. once inside they have been relaxing and spending time together. this is a photo taken of merrill and his wife leigh having lunch. they aren't returning to their house yety yellow ribbons were tied as a symbol for his safe return. vice president biden had this to say. >> there's a piece of good news. they never should have had it in the first place. >> the
case of merrill newman. the 85-year-old man returned home to the bay area yesterday and reunited with his family. his wife told nbc bay area that her husband is resting today and they would like a little bit of privacy today as well. newman was accused of crimes dating back to the korean war. after being forced to publicly apologize, the government deported imh on what it calls humanitarian grounds. one expert says that apology may show just how powerful the current government is to its own people. >> they can use that information to demonstrate to their own population that the regime is in control and it can extract confessions from americans. >> while newman is a free man tonight, north korea continues to hold another american citizen kenneth bay. henrikson says the christian missionary's fate may have made him a target. bay has been sentenced to 15 years for hostile act against the communist state. >> and new at 11:00, sonoma county deputies are investigating human remains found autoshilo regional park. a father called the sheriff's department saying he and his two children ca
the detainment of palo alto war veteran merrill newman in north korea. biden arrived there today. the white house has already issued a formal request for newman's release. the 85-year-old was detained in late october after the end of a ten-day visit to north korea. over the weekend, north korean television aired a video of newman apologizing for crimes during the korean war. experts believe the statement was coerced. during the war, newman served in a top-secret army unit. nicknamed the white tigers. which trained anti-communist guerillas. >>> vice president biden will also visit south korea during his trip as well as china where he will meet with president xi jiping. the two will most likely discuss china's new claim over the east china sea and the threat it continues to make to countries who fly over that airspace. >>> violence is escalating in southern asia tonight. as anti-government protesters clash with police in thailand. at least four people have been killed there after three straight days of fighting in bangkok. nearly 30,000 people are protesting, determined to topple prime minister sin
before his detention. newman is being treated well and receiving the medications sent by his family. >>> players were paired with low-income children so they could get gift ideas for their families. there were lots of patients in the toy aisle getting something in return. curtsey of the 49ers each child received a gift card. >> reporter: big changes in the overnight hours. a cold system brings us a blast of cold air from canada. there is a slight chance of showers. the main impact will be 15 degrees cooler followed by a frigid morning in the 20s and 30s. right now we see mainly clear skies. the system is approaching. it is east of us, the core at least. it is draped across northern california and nevada. we have a slight chance of seeing showers, but mainly the precipitation is in the sierra. cloudy conditions keeping temperatures warmer. it will be a different story into wednesday. we have snow in the sierra dropped to the lake level. by 8:00 we are done with the rain or the possibility of rain. through the afternoon we have skies clearing. v8:00 hour skies here will be cold tempe
says it has deported merill, newman, a veteran of the north korean war. newman has been held there since a visit to the region back on october 26th. now, there was video that surfaced of him making a confession about his involvement while he was in north korea during the korean war. pyongyang had accused newman of being a criminal and a mastermind of espionage. right now the newman family is not officially commenting on whether he has been released, but we are hearing both by "reuters" and the "associated press" that the 85-year-old palo alto man has been deported from north korea. >>> and new at 6:00 tonight, failing at crisis communications. a bay area expert says san jose state university is dropping the ball in communicating with the public about the racial tensions on campus. most of the president's communication over the past few weeks has been by e-mail. nbc bay area's damian trujillo is on the campus. one expert says the president needs to get in front of the cameras now. damian? >> reporter: well, you know, diane, this is the latest e-mail announcing the latest fact-
this morning. the palo alto veteran held captive in north korea is on his way home. merrill newman was taken off the plane and held for more than a month. last night he was departed from -- deported from north corey a. we have the latest. >> >> merrill newman is on his way home from north korea after being held prisoner for more than a month. >> i appreciate the tolerance in a the dprk government has given to me to be on my way. >> the man had completed a ten-day tour of the north when agents of the communist regime dictator took him off his flight. the government claimed he killed north koreans during the war in 1950 to 1953. north korean state controlled television showed him reading from an apparent confession. >> they collected information from the dprk and killed three innocent operators, delayed the munition supplies using explosives. >> his son said he's absolutely delighted about the announcement. you can imagine this has been a very difficult ordeal for us as a family and particularly for him. >> reporter: newman's detention came as tensions remained high on the core row an peninsul
newman landed at sfo yesterday to plenty of fanfare. here is lisa amin gulezian with more. [cheers and applause] >> reporter: he held on to the ones he missed most while being detained in north korea. after traveling some 24 hours, he's finally back in the bay area. >> it's been a great homecoming. i'm tired, but ready to be with my family. >> the 85-year-old was a man of few words while at san francisco international airport. >> what's the first thing you are going to do when you make it back through your door? >> i think probably take my shoes off. >> after leaving sfo the newman family came here to their second home in santa cruz. it's a house they have owned for decades. once inside they have been relaxing and spending time together. this is a photo taken of merrill and his wife leigh having lunch. they aren't returning to their primary residence in palo alto, where yellow ribbons were tied by neighbors as a symbol of merrill's safe return. vice president biden had this to say. >> there is a piece of good news. the dprk today released someone they never should have had in the f
's no word at this point if he plans to discuss with anyone the arrest of merrill newman. there's a statement that asks for the release of merrill newman as well as kenneth bay, another american held in the communist country. we are following the story at nbc bay area.com. type in detained in north korea in the search bar and you'll get the very latest information. >>> we are following a developing story tonight. san francisco police are investigating a deadly shooting. detectives tell us the victim was trying to sell a game console when he was shot and killed. the robbery and shooting happened about 3:30 this afternoon near the mission district. investigators say the victim a man in his 20s arranged online to meet up with a buyer. when the buyer showed up, he reportedly stole the console and then fired several shots, killing the man. police have not released a description of the suspect. they're also looking to see if there's video sur vale lance from any of the nearby businesses that could help them track down the gunman. police say this is also a very real warning about the dangers to sell
newman of palo alto who has been detained for more than a month in north korea. during the korean war, mr. newman led a unit of guerrilla fighters. mr. newman reportedly reached out to surviving members of his former unit before his trip and planned to meet some of them in south korea. this new information comes after north korea released video of newman apologizing for war crimes committed during the korean war. >>> also new this morning, vice president joe biden is in china. second stop of his week-long trip to asia. here's some new video of the vice president meeting with china's vice president. he also met with china's president. one area of tension between the two nations, china's recent declaration of a new air defense zone over disputed islands in the south china sea. both the u.s. and japan have refused to recognize china's declaration. >>> it is 7:15. former santa clara county supervisor george shirikawa is scheduled to appear in court on suspicion of campaign mail fraud. he was sentenced for a year in jail for misusing public money. this afternoon, he faces an additional fell no
in comfortable living conditions during his stay. here's a photo of 85-year-old merrill newman greeting a neighbor outside his home in sant cruz this morning. he was taken off of a plane in north korea in late october and accused of crimes committed while fighting in the korean war six decades ago. he arrived back in the u.s. yesterday. he said he was kept in a comfortable hotel room, not a cell. he was well fed, eating traditional korean food. newman said he was even bored at times when asked if he would travel abroad again, he said his wife is now in control of his passport. >>> thousands of fans turned out today to pay tribute to actor paul walker. they gathered around a memorial set up where walker died november 30th. mourners left flowers, candles, cards and stuffed animals. so many people showed up today, sheriff's deputies had to direct traffic in the area. walker was on a break from shooting the seventh "fast & furious" movie when he died. production was delayed but will continue without him. >>> still ahead, why some well known musicians are canceling shows. >>> details of a la
merill newman spent more than a month being detained after being taken into custody on a tourist trip there. now we're learning he was kept in a hotel room the entire time. newman told us he was well fed and kept comfortable. when asked about his television ology, he said that's not my english. he added his wife controls his passport. >>> a stanford medical team back home this morning after spending two weeks in the philippines helping with typhoon haiyan relief efforts there. they work six days a week treating 200 patients a day. they say the weather made things very difficult and it was very draining. while they were there to provide medical and emotional support. >> just been listening about their stories and i think they feel good, our presence actually makes them feel good and they're very grateful for that. >> members of the team say while the devastation is widespread, they saw rebuilding taking place and say the spirit of the philippines people gives them a sense of optimism. events are planned all week in south africa to pay tribute to civil rights legend nelson mandela. yest
gained something from the high-profile case of merrill newman. the 85-year-old returned home this past weekend. he was detained for more than a month accused of crimes dating back to the korean war. after being forced to publicly apologize, the government deported him on what it called humanitarian grounds. one expert says that apology may show how powerful the government is. >> they can use that information to demonstrate to the population that they, the regime, is in control and it can extract confessions from americans. >> while merrill newman is a free man, north korea continues to hold another american citizen, kenneth bae. bae has been sentenced to 15 years for hostile acts against the communist state. >>> president obama and first lady michelle are on their way to south africa to attend nelson mandela's memorial service. mean tile, tributes to the anti-apartheid icon continue to pour in. nbc's ron allen has more. >> reporter: the celebration of the life of nelson mandela continues now for yet another day. >> i'm very proud to be a south african. >> reporter: all this in anticipa
-merrill newman to making a so-called apology for " war crimes " he committed during the korean conflict. his friends and family said the apology was clearly scripted. analysts have examined a video and say there are clues newman could be released soon. >>: so this is baffling but this is a new regime of the new leader and i suspect he sending different signals but nobody knows, but the signals are. " >>darya: another photograph has a release of a newman. it shows him enjoying his 10 day tour of north korea before his detention. a swedish ambassador has met with newman and said, he was being treated well and has received the medications and by his family. >>mark: the laptops, tablets and other mobile devices were working overtime for cyber monday consider to be the superbowl of online shopping. analysts say overall sales were up 17.5 percent compared to last year. smart phones and tablets drove nearly one- third of traffic on cyber monday making a shift in shopping preferences. some of the most popular items included the new ps4 and xbox one consoles tv's and tablets. also, the designer label
of california's department of fish and wildlife. in san mateo county, cornell bernard, abc 7 news. >> newman is essentially being held as a prisoner of war. >> the west contra costa unified school district will discuss how to keep transgender students safe on all of their campuses following a brawl at hercules high school. district officials say they're concerned about bullying. the meeting is set for 6:30 tomorrow at dejahn middle school. >>> up next remembering actor paul walker. friends and colleagues react to his shocking death as new details and images from that deadly crash emerge. >>> and major improvement to health care.gov. what the obama administration says it's done to give visit ovrz a glitch-free experience. >> hi there, everyone. i'm meteorologist lee glancer today. temperatures in the 70s. by wednesday we could be talking about some frooed freeze warnings for the bay area. get ready for a huge drop in and why can you move the tv out here? the wireless receiver. i got that when i switched to u-verse. but why? because it's so much better than cable. it's got more hd channels, mo
in a hot skpel newman says had sebeing treated well. >>> a teen shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy may have a memorial park created in his honor. lawmakers will meet tuesday to discus requests from the community. a deputy shot 13-year-old andy lopez in october because he mistook the teen's bb gun for an ak-47 assault rifle. >>> a remembrance today at golden gate park. hundreds gathered at the aids memorial grove to honor those who died in the pandemic. part of world aids day. the grove was lined with photos of people who have died and people who share their personal experiences. it is estimated that 1.1 million americans are living with hiv. >>> still ahead, the drones are coming. amazon is testing out a plan to fly your packages right to your door. >>> it is mislead something. >> when big stores promise to price match are they really telling the truth? what undercover cameras found out. >>> time for a cool change in the bay area and how. we will be freezing by the end of the week. literally. details, coming up how old is the oldest person you've known? we gave people a sticker and had
. >>> after returning from detainment, merrill newman said he was treated well. he was with his family yesterday after landing at sfo. he was in a hotel room and not in a jail. when questions about actions, he said that's not my english. he read a statement in sorrow for killing north koreans. >>> an adventure that saved their lives. >>> after the crash of asiana flight 214 and firefighters in charge. ilt fresh from the breap for just $2 each all december long. subway. eat fresh. customer appreciation month at subway. we're saying thanks with two of your favorite six inch subs. the six-inch cold cut combo, or the six-inch meatball marinara, built fresh from the bread up for just $2 each all december long. subway. eat fresh. >>> early today oakland police came out in force looking for a homicide suspect at west 36th street. officers had their guns drawn. they didn't find any suspects and the area opened at 6:30 this morning. >>> 52-year-old lin was stabbed during a robbery. the attacker escaped on foot. this is the 85th homicide this year, but that is down from 120. >>> the crash of as
television apologizing for his role in the korean war. some former burr relationship wills say newman supervised -- guerrillas say newman remembers him as an american lieutenant who provided food and weapons but largely left the fighting to them. they are also questioning his decision to visit north korea where the guerrilla group is still considered some of the most feared and hated fighters of the war. >>> only on 2 tonight. a look ahead to who may be running in the next presidential election. california voters were asked about possible republican presidential candidates, and they appear to have a clear favorite, new jersey governor chris christie. he is on top with 47% voters who responded to the poll saying they have a favorable view of him. that compares to 29% favorable for bush, the former governor from florida and 24% for texas senator ted cruz. >>> a federal judge has cleared the way for cash-strapped detroit to become the largest city in the united states to qualify for bankruptcy. detroit is more than $18 billion in debt. under today's ruling, detroit would be allowed to se
. that is very good news for 85- year-old merrill newman and his family. he was finishing up a tour of north korea when he was taken into custody more than a month ago. this video was released just last week showing newman reading an alleged apology letter for the crimes during the korean war. back in 1950s, north korea's state media says that they released merrill because he made that apology. >>> the pier where the google barge is under construction at treasure island is under investigation tonight because contractors might not have the proper permits. san francisco bay conservation and development commission confirms it has begun an internal investigation into the permitting process. the agency wants to know whether the permits issued for the google project actually allow allow the work that has been going on. after secrecy google finally admitted the barge is intended to be a floating marketing center. >>> other bay area headlines now, three teenaged boys in richmond face rape charges for the alleged assaults of two girls one 14 one 17. police say it happened a week ago at wildcat canyon
is back home, and said he spent most of his time in a hotel room. merrill newman was taken into custody a month ago. he tells the santa cruz sentinel, he was well fed and kept comfortable. when asked about his televised apology, newman said that's not my english. he added his wife controls his passport. >>> happening today, the senate will debate whether to extend a law regulating plastic firearms before it expires tomorrow. the law mandates every plastic gun have a piece of metal attached to it so metal detectors and x-rays can spot a weapon. gun control advocates want an extension for another decade. they say the law has added importance because of the availability of these 3d printers. >>> cars, flowers and a whole lot of fans. and the market just opened t take a quic why this tribute to actor paul walker drew thousands of o people. >>> and the market opened 10 minutes ago. let's get a quick look at the early numbers. not too bad. we'll get an update from our financial reporter, jason brooks the baking time of year. you need special ingredients. you need the staples for homemade. you
-old merrill newman was pulled off a plane in october while touring the country. the swedish ambassador visited him at a hotel and newman said he is being treated well. the north has been holding him for more than a month accusing him of hostile acts during the korean war. >>> time now 6:41. delivery drones, amazon is testing out a futuristic plan to fly your packages right to your door. >> and following the carol, the 12 days of christmas, how one set of gifts will set you back. >> a mixed bag on wall street so far. coming up we'll get an update from kcbs radio's financial reporter jason brooks. ,, [[man] it's nothing but tape... [woman] it's a block. we're havin' a baby! [laughter in background] [woman screams] are we havin' a baby? [ambient crying and laughter] the new service, called "pre air," could have orders on customers' doorsteps within0 >>> amazon wants to use drones to speed up delivery time. the new service called prime air could have orders on customer doorsteps within 30 minutes but it at least four years before the drones are ready. they would only handle packages weighing up to
spent most of his time there in a hotel room. korean war veteran merill newman was taken into custody more than a month ago while on a tourist trip. now he tells the santa cruz sentinal he was well fed and kept comfortable when asked about his televised apology newman said that's not my english. he added his wife now controls his passport. >>> a stanford medical team is back home after spending two weeks in the philippines, helping with the typhoon haiyan relief efforts there. now they work six days a week treating about 200 patients a day. they say the weather made things difficult and was very draining. while they were there to provide medical and emotional support. >> just been listening about their stories and i think they feel good, our presence actually makes them feel good. and they are very grateful for that. >> members of the team say while the devastation is widespread, they did see rebuilding taking place. they say the spirit of the phillipine people gives them a sense of optimism. in the u-n is looking into allegations that aid has yet to reach remote parts of the philippi
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